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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-03-2019, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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I had some small tufts of this stuff since starting my tank. Recently it has become a little active and has spread to one of the rocks that the affected Java fern sits on. I think it was activated by stray direct sunlight getting into tank. As it turns out the suns angle from which I had shielded it from changed due to the winter position of the sun apparently allowing direct sunlight to hit the tank for several days before I noticed what was going on. I believe the BBA reacted to this since it started to appear where the sunlight was observed hitting the water.

My question is what is the general consensus for treating small tufts of this while it is below the water surface? Is targeting H2O2 or Seamchem Excell considered safe?
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If it is on hardscape I would take it out of the tank and either soak it in a diluted bleach solution over night or if there are plants on the hardscape you can take it out and spray it with H2O2. I would keep an eye on it though and keep at it. I have been keeping it at bay more or less in my 46 bowfront but I have to be diligent.
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As @Triport mentioned, treat hardscape out the tank for more complete cleansing. However, I would recommend soaking it overnight in the 3% H2O2 solution you buy in a grocery store. Doing so will turn all forms of algae into mush and you can easily brush the mush off under running water. I prefer H2O2 to bleach because you won't have to neutralize any remaining bleach, that may have soaked into the hardscape, before putting it back in the tank.

Answering your other question: yes, you can squirt H2O2 or glut (Excel) directly onto BBA in the tank and expect good results.
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if it is rock, i put them in the oven and bake it.
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if it is rock, i put them in the oven and bake it.
Ive heard this can be dangerous, no?
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Ive heard this can be dangerous, no?
I did it few week ago. it saves lot of time and guaranty BBA is dead.
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I think it is boiling rocks that is dangerous. Not sure if baking is a problem. But a simple soak in watered down bleach overnight works great on rocks so that is what I do.


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Don't bake rocks that are waterlogged. They can explode.
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